YEM UK’s Statement on the Paris Attacks

The Young European Movement of the United Kingdom stands with the rest of the world when we say that the news of the terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in France on Friday has shocked and appalled us. We offer our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims and we pay our Read more about YEM UK’s Statement on the Paris Attacks[…]

QOTM: What difference can one man make? by Dainius Balcytis

By Dainius Balcytis, a member of YEM Aberdeen Some say that changing the world is a fool’s errand. Efforts of one man are just a drop in the sea, they don’t make a difference against the tides of history. However that’s not always true, and from time to time a man appears who simply refuses Read more about QOTM: What difference can one man make? by Dainius Balcytis[…]

QOTM: How can one person make a difference – the first follower by Chris Powers:

One person can always make a difference, but the one person I want to focus on is not the idealistic hero that people always focus on, but the loyal first follower.  I watched a really very good TEDTalk on the idea of the First Follower, and the video is embedded just below: Basically, for any movement to Read more about QOTM: How can one person make a difference – the first follower by Chris Powers:[…]

YEM St Andrews: Refugee crisis in perspective report

On Monday, 12 October 2015, the Young European Movement St Andrews held its first event of the new academic year. More than sixty undergraduate and postgraduate students listened to presentations on the refugee crisis and discussed their views on the European Union’s response to this unprecedented challenge. Natasha Saunders, who is a committee member of ‘Refugee Action St Read more about YEM St Andrews: Refugee crisis in perspective report[…]

QOTM: A day in the life of Chris Froome by Tim Otway

By Tim Otway (Treasurer of YEM UK) What men once fought over for centuries, I now cross on my bike. As the door opens, the perfectly mathematical string of lamps light up, each one precisely the same distance apart as the last. The intensity of purpose and forceful sense of direction is disorientating. The lights Read more about QOTM: A day in the life of Chris Froome by Tim Otway[…]

No, There is no EU ‘Propaganda’ in Schools, and it’s Worse Than You Think

Read what Chris Powers (our International Officer) has to say about European education in schools (or lack of!).   A friend of mine recently sent me an article written by a Raheem Kassam with the title “Yes, there is EU propaganda in schools, and it’s worse than you think (and no she didn’t buy the Read more about No, There is no EU ‘Propaganda’ in Schools, and it’s Worse Than You Think[…]

QOTM: A day in the life of Johannes Gutenberg

By Anna Wilson (Communications Officer of YEM UK) It seems my printing press is a success! Right now, I am using the ingenious idea of moveable type to write this message so it can be distributed quickly and cheaply to the masses. Without meaning to brag, life in Europe has changed dramatically since I created Read more about QOTM: A day in the life of Johannes Gutenberg[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Bettina Wolff

By Bettina Wolff a member of YEM Warwick As I pointed out in this article, the emergence of UKIP is simply a reflection of the mainstream parties’ failure to address the issues UK citizens are actually concerned about. Unfortunately this, however, leaves UKIP to shape the debate with regard to those issues, as they are the first Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Bettina Wolff[…]

QOTM: A day in the life of Napoleon Bonaparte

By Laura Krawczyk (Local Branch Officer) Not since the days of Rome, has a greater Empire existed than the one I have created. I am the supreme ruler and emperor who unites the world under the white, red and blue flag. Some thought of me as short, unfortunately they seem to have lost their heads Read more about QOTM: A day in the life of Napoleon Bonaparte[…]

QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People

7.5 million Europeans between the ages of 15 and 24 are neither employed nor in education/training. It’s the kind of statistic we’ve become painfully used to seeing. And, to make things worse, it’s one that our generation even receives blame for. In line with a nostalgia for the good old days that lies behind several Read more about QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People[…]

QOTM: UK <3 EU by Bettina Wolff

What is the best reason for people residing in the UK to love the EU? I think it is important to realise what “EU” actually stands for: EU is the acronym for European Union.  Therefore the question really is about loving the union within Europe or preferring nationalism. For me, the choice is obvious: In a globalised Read more about QOTM: UK <3 EU by Bettina Wolff[…]

QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People

By Anna Wilson – Communications Officer for YEM UK Without delving into the depressing depths that are the employment statistics for European youth, it is safe to say that the scene is a pretty tragic one. Although varying vastly from state to state, the young people of Europe are being disproportionately affected by the consequences Read more about QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People[…]

QOTM: Youth Unemployment by Bettina Wolff

“7.5 million Europeans between the ages of 15 and 24 are neither employed nor in education/training.” This reality seems to be symptomatic for the dramatic living and working conditions the European youth is facing since the economic and financial crisis triggered an even deeper European crisis, not just within Eurozone countries. From my own experience respectively that Read more about QOTM: Youth Unemployment by Bettina Wolff[…]

QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People

By Chris Powers – YEM UK International Officer To be fairly blunt: the younger generations have been well and truly screwed over by the Age of Austerity, and with Gideon Osbourne’s budget announcement on 8th July, things are only getting worse. The youth unemployment rate is the highest it has been for a long time. Read more about QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People[…]

What is the Greek Government’s Agenda?

The Greek people voted “No” on Sunday, but Greece’s then Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis clarified yesterday: “’NO’ means YES to a democratic Europe!” Soon afterwards he resigned from his post as Minister of Finance and left us wondering about what his and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ agenda has been all along. For me the questions are whether Tsipras and Co. who call themselves “Marxists” are naïve or calculated and whether this really makes a Read more about What is the Greek Government’s Agenda?[…]

June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum

By YEM St Andrews What will happen following the victory of the Yes vote in the EU referendum? A probable (although altogether uncertain) victory for the “Yes” campaign in the European referendum would hardly alter the political topography of the British establishment: there will still be ardently Eurosceptic Conservatives and UKIP’s fate will be unchanged Read more about June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum[…]

June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum

By Chris Powers – YEM UK International Officer What will happen following the victory of the Yes vote in the EU referendum? It is without doubt that the UK will vote to remain in the EU, and this is obviously good news for us in so far as we are not slicing off our nose Read more about June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum[…]

Board Banter – 7th June 2015

After National Board meetings, we write a brief post to let you know what’s happening up here in the Ivory tower. We’ll give an overview of what we discussed; the most important action points; any important details YEM members should know about; and our YEMers In The Limelight! If you have any questions for the board, Read more about Board Banter – 7th June 2015[…]

The Wee Tale of YEM Edinburgh

Today begins the establishment of a new Young European Movement branch in the  Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Scotland and its capital has for a long time been a stronghold for pro-EU sentiment,  especially amongst its young people and students. However, with the upcoming  referendum on Brexit, a group of students at Edinburgh University decided to Read more about The Wee Tale of YEM Edinburgh[…]

Activity Report: YEM Oxford

I. Activities The National Board is aware that YEM Oxford has been undergoing changes in the Committee in May, which led to the nomination of Gael Sirello as the new President and Hristo Boshnakov as new Vice-President. Due to understandable time constraints, the academic year finishing before the end of June, this resulted in the impossibility to organise the events the section intended during its previous meeting earlier in the year.  II. Positions, articles Read more about Activity Report: YEM Oxford[…]

QOTM: UK <3 EU

By Gael Sirello & Hristo Boshnakov The heart of the UK is also European: let’s ensure it will not be broken by the 2017 Referendum. By Gael Sirello (President of YEM Oxford) & Hristo Boshnakov (Vice-President of YEM Oxford) The future of the UK is bound indisputably to the whole European Union. The heart of many British citizens pulses with European values, ideals Read more about QOTM: UK <3 EU[…]

Why Remain?

By Tim Otway – Treasurer In celebration of Europe Day and to mark the common EU <3 UK action, what is the best reason for people residing in the UK to love the EU? (no limits on quirkiness) By Tim Otway from YEM Warwick This month we were fortunate enough to welcome our university’s Chancellor Read more about Why Remain?[…]

May Activity Report: YEM Warwick

This month we had a talk from Sir Richard Lambert who is our university’s Chancellor and formerly both the Editor of the Financial Times and Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. A slightly disappointing turnout, only to be expected during exam-season, meant we had a more intimate Q&A session as a result. Sir Read more about May Activity Report: YEM Warwick[…]

May Activity Report: YEM London

May kicked off to a very political but also European start in London. YEMers were busy campaigning for (or studying) their respective parties, and on May 9th YEM London hosted a celebration for Europe day with a film screening of the Great European Disaster Movie at King’s College London. The screening was followed by an animated discussion on the impact of Britain’s General Election with Denis MacShane, former Labour MP and Read more about May Activity Report: YEM London[…]

The New Federalist – Call for Articles (May 2015)

The New Federalist is the online news magazine of JEF-Europe and anyone can write for it freely to share on all the latest news and views on current affairs, Europe, and federalism. Each month a call for articles is released (though other topics can be written on too). The topics are separated below thematically for Read more about The New Federalist – Call for Articles (May 2015)[…]

April QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Tim Otway (YEM Warwick)

Mesmerised, all of us watched on in shock as the words came from his mouth: ‘there just seems to be a total lack of comprehension on this panel and indeed this audience, which is a remarkable audience even by the left-wing standards of the BBC’. Farage’s decision to insult the indepently-chosen, equally-divided audience in the Read more about April QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Tim Otway (YEM Warwick)[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Uselessness by Laura Krawczyk

Is Nigel Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party useless? Can something be useful by being useless? Is being useless truly not having any use? Is being the black sheep only possible when all the other sheep are white? Even though these questions might seem insignificant by themselves, they will take on a new meaning as a Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Uselessness by Laura Krawczyk[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Farage’s mathemagicians by Chris Bauer

How was it possible for a high roller’s low-tier political group to carve out a seat for itself at the round table? By using magicians! Mathemagicians to be exact! Although we primarily rely on social and popular media for our news these days, broadcasting corporations and printing houses are still regarded to be publishing the Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Farage’s mathemagicians by Chris Bauer[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Britain & the WTO by Chris Powers

I have been going through the manifestoes of the UK-wide parties this week and am designing an info booklet to help people understand what each party stands for in the forthcoming election. In doing so, I looked through UKIP’s and let’s just say it was awful! Firstly, it was highly repetitive about ‘scrapping the EU’. Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Britain & the WTO by Chris Powers[…]

JEF Europe launches Demalert app!

JEF Press Release:  Thursday 2nd April 2015  JEF Europe has issued a free Democracy Alert smartphone application (DemAlert app) available on GooglePlay and iOS. With the DemAlert app JEF Europe aims at raising awareness on the need of updating democracy in Europe, giving the opportunity to young people to discuss, propose and develop new forms Read more about JEF Europe launches Demalert app![…]

Up in Uppsala and anything but bored in Bordeaux ;)

April’s update from the International Officer! Hi everyone, during the weekend that has just passed I represented YEM UK at the JEF Europe Federal Committee. In Uppsala, Sweden, despite the bad weather, we got through a lot of much-needed discussion and had a lot of fun. Below is a brief summary of what happened: The Read more about Up in Uppsala and anything but bored in Bordeaux 😉[…]

YEM St Andrews: Germany the Powerhouse of Europe report.

On the evening of 23rd February, to a crowded lecture hall in St Salvator’s Quadrangle, the University of St Andrews branch of the Young European Movement delivered an event centred around one of the most existential questions facing European politics today. Against a backdrop of debt-restructuring negotiations in Greece and shellfire in Donetsk, those in attendance ruminated over whether Germany Read more about YEM St Andrews: Germany the Powerhouse of Europe report.[…]

March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Cambridge

February drew to a close in the best way possible for the Cambridge branch of YEM, with a packed room eager to listen to, and challenge, the ideas of the pan-European panel who had been invited to Cambridge to discuss the emergence of ‘The New European Left’. Representatives from SYRIZA, Podemos, Sinistra Ecologia & Libertà Read more about March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Cambridge[…]

March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Warwick

Our main event this month was a talk on the highly topical issue of Greece and the Eurozone. The subject’s relevance meant that we had a good turnout for our two speakers, both of whom approached the question of Greece’s future economic state and place within the Eurozone from a number of different and illuminating Read more about March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Warwick[…]

February Activity Report – YEM St Andrews

After a long period of respite during the holidays, the University of St Andrews branch of the Young European Movement has approached the new term with revitalised enthusiasm. A clear indication of the progress that this branch has made was apparent at the celebration marking 1 year since the Branch was conceived, with dozens of Read more about February Activity Report – YEM St Andrews[…]

YEM Canterbury: The phoenix

The Canterbury Branch is going to restart. If you live in Canterbury or in its neighbourhoods, are between 15 and 35 years old, are interested in European politics, believe in European integration and in political activism, please contact Francesco Violi at: francescov1988@gmail.com. For the latest news, please like YEM Canterbury’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-European-Movement-Canterbury/159852120859058?fref=ts

YEM Warwick: The Big EU Debate report.

On Friday 23rd January 2015 we held our annual ‘Big EU Debate’ with the proposition ‘This house believes that the UK should exit the European Union’. In opposition we had the honour of welcoming Peter Wilding (director of British Influence) and Anthea Mcintyre (Conservative MEP) whilst for the proposition we enjoyed the company of Chris Read more about YEM Warwick: The Big EU Debate report.[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM Cambridge

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? The odds look like 2015 is going to be a good year for women in politics. Several European countries are governed by female politicians, such as Angela Merkel in Germany, Helle Thorning-Schmidt in Denmark, Ewa Kopacz in Poland, or Dalia Grybauskait? in Lithuania, plus the Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM Cambridge[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM St Andrews

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz advent as Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? The realm of politics has always been and continues to be a man’s world. Taking into account prominent female leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel and the Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM St Andrews[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by Tim Otway from YEM Warwick

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? Exceptions are dangerous things. If they are taken to ‘prove the rule’, as the saying goes, then they reinforce a status quo of injustice. Case in Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by Tim Otway from YEM Warwick[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by Chris Powers

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? Feminism has a long way to go when it comes to the upper echelons of political power. People quickly jump to Margaret Thatcher, or Angela Merkel Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by Chris Powers[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by Laura Krawczyk

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? Traditionally, men have always been perceived as the power holders in the political arena due to the longstanding line of electing them throughout history. The Queen Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by Laura Krawczyk[…]

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